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The main objective of the consultancy is to support the SADC Secretariat in developing a Regional Resilience Strategy that:
The Southern Africa region is exposed to multiple and compound frequently repeating shocks and stressors which prevent communities from fully recovering and achieving sustainability. This was worsened as witnessed during the El Niño-induced drought in the 2015-2016 season - the worst in thirty-five years. The drought severely impacted food production and availability of water for the majority of the region's population which resides in rural areas and dependent on rainfed agriculture for their livelihoods. The El Niño phenomenon resulted in widespread crop failures, livestock mortalities, increased prevalence of environmental stress related animal and human disease outbreaks, and increased malnutrition among the population, particularly children. The drought resulted in a major humanitarian emergency with approximately 40 million people requiring humanitarian assistance in the region.
Due to previous experiences with droughts and other extreme events, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Member States, with support from development partners, had established institutional mechanisms at sub-national, national and regional levels for responding to such events. These include the sub-national and national disaster management institutions in each member state, the SADC Climate Services Centre and the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the Secretariat.
During the 2016/2017 rainfall season, most countries in the region, in collaboration with regional, humanitarian and development partners or stakeholders , made resilience-building efforts a priority to support farmers with timely access to inputs, implementing climate-adaptive agricultural techniques, and providing livelihood and other agricultural support. Despite the various preparedness measures, most countries in the region have not demonstrated the ability to translate weather forecasts data, related to El Niño or La Niña, into locally-usable multi-hazard early warning information and climate services that would assist vulnerable population to take early action which, whenever possible, should aim to enhance their resilience to longer term impacts of disasters and climate risks. Going forward, the report of review of the SADC Response to the El Niño-induced Drought Emergency in Southern Africa concludes and recommends the following:
 Draft Report: Review of the SADC Response to the El Niño Induced Drought Emergency in Southern Africa (Sept 2017).
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The consultancy will be for a period of 6 months, commencing upon signing of the contract by the consultant but not beyond the end of July 2018.
The Consultant will be based at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana, with frequent travel to the UN office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
15 January 2018
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.
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